Western Digital’s new microSD card lineup is the fastest yet, the company claims, offering major speed and storage in a fingernail-sized card. The cards are ideal for smaller devices like smartphones, drones, and action cameras, “so they can capture professional-grade videos and photos without worrying about running out of space on their device,” Western Digital says.
The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can deliver transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s, and supports up to 14 hours of 4K video. A Premium Edition features transfer speeds up to 95MB/s and can hold more than 24 hours of full-HD content, moving up to 1,200 photos in just one minute. Both cards are waterproof, temperature-proof, shock-proof, and X-ray-proof and sync to the SanDisk Memory Zone app.
The UHS-1 card arrives in the fourth quarter for $199.99. The Premium Edition goes on sale in August for $149.99.
“Our microSD cards are now at the center of many consumer devices, and we’re excited to not only raise the bar with the launch of the world’s fastest microSD card, but to also offer a family of 256GB microSD cards that give consumers the flexibility they need to capture life at its fullest,” Dinesh Bahal, vice president of SanDisk product marketing for Western Digital said in a statement.
Drone maker DJI said in a statement that the cards will give users “greater flexibility to capture their content on high-performance storage and the peace of mind knowing they can continue shooting when it matters most.”